Diploma Of Aviation – Commercial Pilot Licence (AVI50219) – part-time
Diploma of Aviation - Commercial Pilot Licence
The Diploma of Aviation – Commercial Pilot Licence part-time course supports your transition to an aviation career with the flexibility you need while studying. A full-time course over 40 weeks is also available.
The Diploma qualification, together with the CASA Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), provide you with the qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience to operate as a commercial pilot and to seek initial employment in various roles .
A CPL is the initial benchmark licence for working in the aviation industry as a pilot. Commercial pilots may fly for hire or reward and are authorised to act as pilot in command for aircraft only requiring one pilot, or as co-pilot for aircraft requiring two pilots.
Why I love flying
Maria – a student in our AVI50219 course – talks about her motivation to become a commercial pilot (click to play the video)
On successful completion of the full course, students will attain:
- an AVI50219 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) – a nationally recognised qualification issued by Par Avion Flight Training as Registered Training Organisation (provider number 40601); and
- a Private Pilot Licence (PPL)  issued by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA); and
- a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)  issued by CASA.
The Diploma course is comprised of 28 core units and 1 elective unit:
- AVIE0006 Maintain aircraft radio communications
- AVIF0026 Implement aviation risk management processes
- AVIF0027 Implement aviation fatigue risk management processes
- AVIF0029 Implement threat and error management strategies
- AVIF0030 Manage safe flight operations
- AVIF0033 Manage aircraft passengers and cargo
- AVIF0035 Manage human factors in aviation operations
- AVIH0014 Navigate aircraft under visual flight rules
- AVIH0010 Plan a flight under visual flight rules
- AVILIC0003 Licence to operate a commercial aeroplane
- AVIO0017 Manage disruptive behaviour and unlawful interference with aviation
- AVIW0029 Manage pre- and post-flight actions
- AVIW0032 Operate and manage aircraft systems
- AVIY0033 Operate aircraft using aircraft flight instruments
- AVIY0034 Operate in controlled airspace
- AVIY0035 Operate in Class G airspace
- AVIY0036 Operate at non-towered aerodromes
- AVIY0037 Operate at a controlled aerodrome
- AVIY0040 Apply aeronautical knowledge to aviation operations
- AYIV0041 Apply the principles of civil air law to aviation operations
- AVIY0046 Execute advanced aeroplane manoeuvres and procedures
- AVIY0047 Manage abnormal aeroplane flight situations
- AVIY0054 Control aeroplane on the ground
- AVIY0055 Take off aeroplane
- AVIY0056 Control aeroplane in normal flight
- AVIY0057 Land aeroplane
- AVIY0058 Manage aircraft fuel
- AVIZ0006 Manage situational awareness in aircraft flight
- AVIY0073 Operate aircraft in the traffic pattern at night (elective unit)
The units cover all relevant competencies, knowledge and skills for a commercial pilot and correlate with PPL and CPL licence requirements. For detailed information on the qualification and units see AVI50219 Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) on training.gov.au.
The course is a blend of theoretical, practical and self-guided learning, together with assessment. The timetable is carefully designed to assist students to progress through the learning and assessment requirements in an achievable and meaningful way.
A typical week of study generally involves two days attendance onsite:
- attending theory classes
- participating in flight training in aircraft and simulators (including some flying on weekends and at night)
- attending pre and post-flight briefings
Students are required to undertake self-study and assessment preparation offsite. Allow for 8 hours (on average) per week.
The course is primarily in-person (face-to-face) learning with interactive classroom work and individual time with an instructor. Much of the course content is also available online and in printed study guides to support student self-study.
Our instructors take the time to understand the individual learning needs of students and assist with individualised instruction, support and flexibility to meet their learning needs and personal circumstances.
This course is offered part-time over 80 weeks (the full-time equivalent is 40 weeks) – not including public holidays and breaks:
- study weeks include two specified days per week between Monday to Friday
- hours are generally 8:45 am to 4:30 pm each day
- study is not scheduled on public holidays or in break weeks
- some study (including flight lessons) may be scheduled on public holidays, weekends, during break weeks or after-hours with individual students. This is used as catch-up time if required and is negotiated with each student in advance.
The course is divided into ten x eight-week study periods
- Flight Training including up to :
- 119 Hours – Cessna 172
- 29 Hours – Cessna 206
- 5 Hours – Simulator
- Pre and post-flight briefings
- Landing fees
- Theory classes
- Use of student facilities and services
- CASA exam fees (x8) 
- CASA license and testing fees 
Note: the part-time course is not available for overseas students on a Student Visa.
TUITION FEES (2021) $79,250.00 [3,4] – covers all of the inclusions (see above). Applies to intakes in 2022 only.
OTHER EXTERNAL FEES approximately $2,865.00  includes: ASIC, Class 1 medical, AirServices publications and charts, pilot uniform set, pilot equipment set (including headset), study guides. These fees are payable separately to external providers.
FEES FOR OPTIONAL EXTRAS mainland navigation exercises approx. $250.00 per day for accommodation/meals.
GST does not generally apply to this course and is included only where applicable.
The next intakes for the part-time course are listed below. You can apply for an intake at any time up to 28 days before the start date, but we recommend you apply as early as possible. There are limitations on how many students we accept per intake.
To apply for this course you must:
- be at least 18 years of age by the date you intend to complete the course; and
- have the academic ability to undertake the course, evidenced by ONE OF the following:
- a Year 12 / senior-secondary school certificate;
- OR an Australian Qualifications Framework Certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English);
- OR you are prepared to demonstrate your competence in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test which we provide for you*
- have a valid Unique Student Identifier issued by the Australian Government.
If your application has been accepted, we will ask you to participate in a number of entry selection activities at nominated dates and times. We use information from these activities to assess your suitability for the course. This stage involves approximately up to 4 hours of your time and the activities are often scheduled over a period of weeks. This stage must be completed as early as possible before the start date for your selected course-intake.
*This stage may include a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test if you require this test to meet the academic entry requirement (see ‘Application requirements’ above for guidance).
If you successfully proceed though pre-enrolment entry selection, we will send you a Letter of Offer and a Student Agreement, which includes your conditions of enrolment. You can become fully enrolled and commence this course once all of these conditions have been met. The standard conditions of enrolment are that you:
As a Registered Training Organisation we can assess students for RPL and for recognition and credit transfer of units from other nationally recognised training. RPL can be used to gain credit for parts of the AVI50219 qualification and/or units within the qualification. This may provide a reduction in course load/duration and course fees.
An application and assessment process must be followed and fees apply – see the Student Handbook.
You can indicate your intention to apply for credit and recognition for this qualification when you apply for the course.
Defined entry points
Applicants who have previously attained a relevant CASA licence, and are current with that licence, can apply for credit and recognition at the following defined entry points. We provide a streamlined process for:
- CASA Recreational Pilot Licence
- CASA Private Pilot Licence
- CASA Commercial Pilot Licence
Credit for CASA commercial pilot exams
This course is both a VET Diploma and the CASA Integrated CPL Course. ‘Integrated’ means the theory and practical flying are integrated and sequenced together into a 150 hour flying program. Without this integration it is not feasible to complete the requirements of the integrated course. For this reason we do not recommend students study CPL theory and/or take CPL exams before commencing this course. We are open to recognising completion of some CPL exams via RPL, but we are less inclined to recognise prior attainment where most/all CPL exams have been completed outside of an integrated CPL course.
1 Licences, ratings and endorsements are issued separately to this Diploma by CASA. They are nationally (and internationally) recognised under Australian aviation legislation and regulations. CASA licences, ratings and endorsements are not branded or issued as ‘nationally recognised qualifications’ under the Vocational Education and Training system.
2 Attainment of the Diploma and issuance of the CPL certify that you have all the necessary competencies to seek employment as a commercial pilot. The Diploma and the CPL do not guarantee employment.
3 Fees are based on average requirements for attainment. Fees are the minimum to attain the qualification and cannot be reduced, refunded or transferred in any way at the completion of the course. Where a student requires additional flying time, or more that one attempt at a theory test to achieve the required standard, additional fees will apply. Fees are subject to change.
4 Fees shown on this page are valid for the current calendar year only – or as specified. Fees are reviewed annually and posted to this page by December for the following year. Fees shown in our application system for future years are provisional and may vary from fees shown on this page.
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